"Halawet Rouh's" leading child actor attacked on the way to school, called blasphemous
Karim and Haifa on the set of their movie "Beauty of the Soul." (Image: Al Rai Media)
Looks like people weren’t only critical of Haifa Wehbe’s controversial role in her latest movie “Halawit Rouh” (Beauty of the Soul), but they were unimpressed by that of child actor Kareem Al Banoodi’s role as well.
The child actor was assaulted on his way to school for taking part in the film, where he was called names, spat on and accused of being “blasphemous.”
Kareem’s mother said “my son can’t even go down the street now,” and stressed that people should watch the film and understand what had really happened before attacking her son.
Kareem played the leading male child role; his character was obsessed with Haifa’s character “Rouh” and watched her every night through the window as she changed her clothes and laid on her bed.
Based on the film’s trailer, it appears that Kareem has sex with Haifa, which is extremely inappropriate seeing as he is a child and since sex before marriage is forbidden in Islam.
However, Kareem explained that he didn’t sleep with the actress, and that the entire seen was “just a dream.”
The promising actor said that although he was attacked by some people, others asked to have their picture taken with him as well.
This isn’t Kareem’s first acting experience. He has previously starred alongside Haifa in the film “Dokkan Shehata” in 2009 as “Shehata.”
For now, the Egyptian government has pulled the film from all Egyptian cinemas until it's been reviewed again.